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Pray Family History

Pray Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Préith popularly believed to be from an ancient Pictish personal name of unexplained etymology but more likely a reinterpretation of the descriptive phrase na préith ‘of the cattle-spoil’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow from Old French pray French pré from Latin pratum ‘meadow’. Americanized form of German Prey .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ray, Pay, Gray, Prey, Pry, Bray, Dray, Wray, Bay, Day

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Where is the Pray family from?

You can see how Pray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pray families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 60 Pray families living in Maine. This was about 29% of all the recorded Pray's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Pray families in 1840.
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What did your Pray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pray. 17% of Pray men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Pray women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pray were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Pray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Pray. For the veterans among your Pray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pray lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Pray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Pray in 1950 was 74, and 78 in 2004.

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